Joseph Bodman (1713 – 1792)

Joseph Bodman (1713 – 1792) and Catherine Dolman (? – 1775)

Joseph was born around 1713. He was a farmer and a butcher.

Joseph married Catherine Dolman on the 17th September 1741 at Cherhill. Joseph and Catherine had the following known children all baptised at Calne:

John Bodman baptised 4th August 1742   click here
Joseph Bodman baptised 1st April 1744 – see below
Benjamin Bodman baptised 2nd April 1745 click here
Thomas Bodman baptised 9th October 1747
Elizabeth Bodman baptised 29 June 1750
Catherine Bodman baptised 20 Jun 1755

Between 1762 and 1798 he had a property Part of Cards, Church Street at Calne.

In 1771, he is probably the Joseph Bodman renting Stock Orchard at Calne.

Sadly, Benjamin’s wife Catherine died in March 1755.

Joseph was a guild steward in 1769 with John Baily the Elder and then in 1776 and 1783, in both years standing with Simeon Viveash. He served again with Oriel Viveash in 1794, and possibly in 1800 with George Mawson.

The guild stewards were in effect joint mayors and were returning officers for parliament. Calne sent members to parliament from 1360 to 1832 when the Reform Act swept away their political control and the town became part of the North-west or Chippenham Division of Wiltshire. Calne was until that time one of the rotten boroughs, like Old Sarum, Salisbury. In 1830 a correspondent writing in the Devizes Gazette claimed that Calne was entirely in the hands of the Baily family and its connections. The First Marquess of Lansdowne, of Bowood, near Calne, ‘found it necessary to propriate the Baily interest to secure the return to Parliament of his nominees’. A E W Marsh, A History of the Borough and Tow n of Calne, 1903.

Benjamin Senior died aged 88 in 1801. He was buried at Calne on 24th July. He left an extensive Will with two codicils that was proved in London. Sons Joseph and Benjamin were appointed executors. See Below

The Descendants of Joseph Bodman (1713 – 1792) and Catherine Dolman (? – 1775
In addition to the children above shown in bold where there is a link to their own page, we know some information about their other children:

Joseph Bodman (1744 – ?)
Joseph Bodman was born about 1744.

In 1778 Joseph the elder paid 2s/6d for pew seat for life of his son Joseph.

He appears to have property or lived at Church Street, Calne as he paid the following rates (Churchwardens Accounts):

Rate 1s for Dwelling house (Church Street) Borough Lands & 1781
Rate 3d Mrs Maice Brewers by Jos. Bodman (Church Street
Rate 2s 3d Mrs Maice Willis by Jos. Bodman (Church Street)
Rate Mrs Maice late Weekses by Jos. Bodman (Church Street)
Rate 4d Part of Cards (Church Street) & 1781)

1795 & 1805 he was guild steward at Calne.

In 1802 he was an Executor of his father’s estate.

He died on May 1807 and was buried at Calne on 20 May.

Later that year on 31st August claims against his estate were sought in the local newspaper. This mentions his two sisters Elizabeth Bodman and Catherine now Baily who were the administrators of his estate.

The Will of Joseph Bodman, the elder of Calne Butcher
will dated 22nd August 1792
codicil 18th April 1795
codicil dated 17 June 1800
proved 3rd Feb 1802 at London PCC
Joseph Bodman & Benjamin Bodman appointed executors
In the Name of God Amen, I Joseph Bodman the Elder of Calne in the County of Wilts, Butcher being at present of good bodily health and of sound and disposing mind and memory for which I bless God, do this twenty second day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety? two, make and publish this my last Will (and) Testament as follows
First I give devise and /P2/ bequeath unto my loving son Benjamin Bodman that my freehold messuage or tenement situated and being in Church Street in the said parish of Calne wherein I now dwell which I sometime since purchased of(f) John Walter Esquire together will (all) and singular the shop(e), outhouses, edifices, buildings, beast leaze, hereditaments and appurt(enance)s hereto ??? to hold the same and every part thereof to and to this use of my said son Benjamin Bodman and that my other freehold messuage or tenement situated and being in Church Street aforesaid in the said parish of Calne late in the occupation of William Origil Collar maker adjoining to the said messuage or tenement (f) Mr William Seager together with all and singular the shops outhouses edifices, beast Leaze, hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever to the said last mentioned messuage or tenement, close? or in anywise apportaining and also my two freehold acres of arable land situated and being in Northfield in the parish of Calne aforesaid which I sometime since purchased of(f) Mr Wastfield and also my seat or pew in the parish church of Calne which I lately purchased of(f) one Ann Rogers to hold that said messuage or tenement Beast Leaze Lands hereditaments and premises last above mentioned with their and every of their high? chambers? and appurt(ence)s to and to the use of my said son Benjamin Bodman his heirs and assigns for ever.
Item I give devise and bequeath to my loving son Joseph Bodman all that messuage and tenement and Malthouse situated and being in Coz?(page edge) Street in Calne aforesaid now in the occupation of my tenant Mr John Ashley? together with the garden Little Close, Beast Leaze, Outhouses heredit(ament)s appurtenances tenements belonging the same joint part freehold and part leasehold and since lately purchased of(f) Thomas Brandrell Esquire Robert Brandrell his son and heir and their trustees to hold the said messuage or tenement garden Little Close Beast Leaze Hereditaments and premises last before mentioned their and every of their rights numbers? and ???? to and to their use of my son Joseph Bodman his heirs executors and assigns forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my loving Daughter /P3 /Elizabeth Bodman the sum of one thousand pounds of Lawful money of Great Britain and also the furniture of my best chamber over the little room in this Messuage or tenement wherein I now reside.
Item I give and bequeath to my loving daughter Katherine Baily wife of George Baily of Calne aforesaid woolstapler the sum of four hundred pounds of Lawful money of Great Britain.
Item I give and bequeath to my loving son John Bodman the sum of one hundred pounds of Lawful money of Great Britain which I will and direct to? be paid and applied by my executors herein after named in discharge of a Bond enforced? into my? use and my said son John Bodman to Grounds? of Bishops Cannings in the said County to ?Ben ?Kerman for securing the payment of the principal sum of one hundred pounds and interest as by the said bond will appear which said sum of one hundred pounds was borrowed and taken up of the said Croombs for the advancement and for the sole use and benefit of my said son John Bodman.
Item I give and bequeath to my said son John Bodman the further sum of one hundred pounds to and for his own use and benefit.
Item I give and bequeath to my loving son Thomas Bodman as having been otherwise by me provided for the sum of five pounds to buy him mourning wear and as to for and remaining All the rest residue and remainder of my goods Chattels ready money and securities for store of cattle corn hay personal estate and effects whatsoever where so ever and of what nature kind or quality so ever after payment of my funeral expenses, debts and legacies and the expense of proving this my will I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof to my said son Joseph Bodman and Benjamin Bodman to be equally divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and I do hereby nominate and appoint my said sons Joseph Bodman and Benjamin Bodman joint and sole executors of this my will and hereby revoking all Previous wills by me at anytime heretofore? made and delivered? this only to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I give to this my will and testament contained in two sheets of paper to the first sheet thereof set my hand to this last sheet my hand and seal this ??? year first written Joseph Bodman Signed, sealed and / 4 / ??? Joseph Bodman and by the said testator Joseph Bodman the elder published and delivered to be his last will and testament in the presence us? who in his presence of each other have submitted our names as witness hereto
Wm. Essington
Mary Essington
Thos. Wiltshire

Codicil dated 18th April 1795
Whereas I Joseph Bodman the elder of Calne in the county of Wiltshire Butcher gave made and duly executed my last will and testament in writing the twenty second day of august in the year of the lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two
Item I do hereby declare this present writing to be a codicil to my said will and I do direct this codicil to be annexed hereto and to be taken as part thereof and whereas since the making and publishing of said last will and testament have bought and purchased of(f) a Henry Merewether one acre of arable land be the same more or less situated lying and being in a field called Northfield in the parish of Calne aforesaid Now I do hereby give devise and bequeath this said acre of land with its appurtances to my son Benjamin Bodman to hold to and for the use of my said son Benjamin Bodman his heirs and assigns forever and which I did in and by my said Will give and bequeath to my loving daughter Katherine Baily in said will named the sum of four hundred pounds Now I do hereby absolutely revoke the said sum?
I give unto ??? my said daughter the sum of one hundred pounds and no more, that my daughter having been by me otherwise provided for and I do hereby give and bequeath to my sons John Bodman and Thomas Bodman in my said will named the further sum of (one? – unclear edge of document) hundred pounds in addition to that I have respectively given to them in and by my said will and all the gifts divises and bequests, matters and things therein contained and is hereby altered and revoked In witness where of I the said Joseph Bodman have given my hand and seal this eighteenth day of April in the year of the lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five / p5/ Joseph Bodman and by him published and declared and for a codicil to his last will in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereof in his presence
Wm Essington
Mary Essington

Codicil dated 22nd August 1800  
Whereas I Joseph Bodman the elder of Calne in the county of Wiltshire Butcher gave made and duly executed my last will and testament in writing bearing date on or about the twenty second day of august in the year of the lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two
Item I do hereby declare this present writing to be a codicil to my said will and I do direct this codicil to be annotated hereto and to be taken as part thereof and I do hereby? give and bequeath to my loving daughter Elizabeth Bodman in addition to what the will all that my half share in the Kennett and Avon Canal as Navigation number 3437 marked letter BB standing in the Company’s books in my own share to hold the said half share to ??? my said daughter Elizabeth her Executors Assignors and assigns and I do hereby ratify and confirm this said will and all the gifts devises bequests matters and things therein retained not otherwise by me altered and revoked in witness hereto I the said Joseph Bodman have hereunto set of my said hand and seal this seventeenth day of June in the year of the lord one thousand eight hundred Jos Bodman This ?crituity was signed, sealed published and declared by the above named Joseph Bodman as and for a codicil to be annotated to his last will and testament and to be taken as part thereof in the presence of
Wm Essington
Mary Cue

This Will was proved at London with codicil the twenty third day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two before the Right Honourable William Wifurnet? Knight Doctor of Law proper/ keepr or commisionary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the ??? of Joseph Bodman and Benjamin Bodman the sons of the decease and executors named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn by commission duly to administer.